Mian Amer Mahmood envisioned provision of high quality yet affordable higher secondary and professional education to Middle class of Pakistan in late 80s. He started humbly with a small college and today in a journey nearing three decades, his organization runs two mainstream, multi campus universities, several hundred colleges and schools, a TV channel, newspaper, and other businesses. Quality of education and discipline have been closely monitored as the organization stayed on steep growth trajectories and he along with his team has never looked back. One of his ventures, Punjab Group of Colleges is present in almost all major cities of Pakistan and is unarguably one of the leading employers in education in private sector.
Mian Amer was born on July 25, 1960 into an Arain family. After completing his MBA(cs) from the Punjab University, he chose to venture into the education sector of Pakistan and launched the Punjab Group of Colleges (PGC) in 1985. Later he established Punjab Law College in 1987 and Punjab College of Business Administration in 1989. In 1993, he established Punjab Institute of Computer Science, followed by Muhammad Ali Jinnah University in 1998. In 2002, 2003 and 2010 he launched the University of Central Punjab, Resource Academia School System and Allied Schools respectively.
In December 2008, Amrr Mahmood launched a new television network Dunya News. Later in September 2012 he also launched a daily publishing Urdu language newspaper Roznama Dunya, which publishes from Eight different cities in Pakistan.
He was first elected as a City councilor in 1987. He was re-elected in 1991 and won the local bodies elections. Later in 2001, he was elected Mayor of Lahore after winning the majority vote. He was re-elected for a subsequent term of four years, which he successfully completed in 2009.
During his mayor-ship, he signed an agreement of sisterhood with four cities that include Isfahan in 2004 and Mashhad in 2006, both cities of Iran. In 2005 Amer Mahmood stated that he was in efforts to declare Glasgow as a twin city of Lahore, later on 6 May 2006 mayor reported that Glasgow City Council will announce Lahore as sister city soon. Which 14 September 2006 he has signed the twin city memorandum with the Glasgow’s Lord Provost Liz Cameron in the meeting in Glasgow. Later in February 2007 Mayor of Lahore, Amer Mahmood also signed the sister cities memorandum with Chicago city’s mayor Richard M. Daley and declared both as twin cities. During the tenure of Mahmood Glasgow city provided Lahore with training facilities and fire fighting vehicles in 2008.
He is one of the most successful businessman and educationist in Pakistan. He had also been conferred with Son of Lahore award by the President of Pakistan.